The Government has previously said that it will fund the city rail link in 2020. Despite this the Transport Agency has recommended the Government consider funding some of the project earlier than this.
The Council has budgeted $250K to allow the work to coincide with the redevelopment of a shopping centre and to ensure the initial tunnelling is completed prior to the World Masters Games which Auckland is hosting in 2017.
The briefing paper to the incoming Minister recommends that significant benefits would come from having the Government involved from the start of the project. The paper notes that a lot of key decisions would need to be made in the early stages and as the Government is going to be a future funding partner it would make sense to have involvement at this earlier stage.
The Government’s position is that it will only consider funding an earlier start date if Auckland’s CBD employment and rail patronage grow faster than expected. Despite this position the Minister Simon Bridges has indicated that he may approve NZTA’s involvement in enabling works.
The briefing paper also contains a section which discusses toll roads and indicates a toll may be considered for all vehicles using the City’s motorway network.
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